Do you remember to give yourself a break?

RelaxSo I landed back here in the UK less than 36 hours ago.

My trip to the US was over for this time…and what a trip it has been. There have been so many special moments, exciting revelations and memories created that I could easily talk for the next three weeks solidly (and if you know me well, you know I probably could!) and still not cover it all.

The journey back was brilliant…and also very long. On my way out to San Diego I’d stopped very briefly in Chicago….and had several friends from the area share their disappointment that we’d not been able to connect while I was there. So on my return journey I had hoped that I would be able to arrange it to stop again.

As luck would have it, the only flight I was able to get on the way back was one that stopped overnight in Chicago…perfect.

So I got to stop on the way and have dinner and drinks with a great friend there …and because we don’t get to see each other very often (it’s a little hard with an ocean between us!) we wanted to make the most of it and catch up on everything.

Midnight turned into 1am…which turned into 2, 3 and 4am before we finally did the smart thing and got an hour or two of sleep before returning to the airport.

I was lucky, and on my flight home I had a row of three seats to myself…which meant that I was able to lie down and get a little sleep on the way back. But when I arrived home at gone midnight, I have to confess that both body and mind were thoroughly confused as to what time zone they were in.

I eventually managed to get some sleep but in the days since I’ve been back my body clock has been seriously out of whack.

As I’ve alluded to, my trip to the US was a very exciting one. So many things happened…and more importantly I got the inspiration to do a lot when I got back to the UK.

The trip had really lit a fire under me….and I came home with big plans.

I had been in full on creative mode while I was away…and when I got back, I wanted to hit the ground running.

The first item on my to do list though was to have a complete clear out of my personal space.

While I’ve been away there have been a lot of fabulous little shifts that have taken place for me…and it felt right to create a physical shift when I got back too.

I also had meetings in London planned as well as some time set aside to work on my book and prepare for the television interview that is scheduled for a few days time.

The thing that I hadn’t factored into these plans though….was a little bit of rest and relaxation to allow my body to readjust and recover from it’s travels.

Luckily for me, when my mind gets all of these fantastic ideas, but the body isn’t really in a position to keep up…it is sure to let me know about it (whether I like it or not!)

The second night I was back my body clock went seriously wonky.

As I lay there in bed trying…and not succeeding…to sleep, the clock ticked on. 1am…2am…3am…4am…5am…6am…

By this point I was exhausted…

…and I’d also received the message loud and clear.

“Give yourself a break!”

I’d been travelling for over 24 hours on my return journey…and had been in 3 different time zones during that day.

It’s not surprising that I needed a few days to readjust!

So I listened.

I cancelled my meetings in London.

I postponed my clear out for a couple of days.

I put my book work on hold for a short while.

…and I allowed myself some time for me.

As women we can sometimes expect way too much from ourselves…and it’s easy to forget that we’re human, the same as everyone else!

So this week I would like to invite you to ask yourself the question: “Could I benefit from giving myself a break?”

Another great way to look at it is, “How could things be even better by giving myself a break?”

For example, I know that by allowing myself this recovery time, when I go back to the tasks that I had planned for this week, I’ll actually do them better!
My clear out will happen faster, I will be more present for the rescheduled meetings in London and I will be bringing my best self to the work on my book…which is exactly what I want.

More importantly, I’ll feel better within myself…and I’ll get the benefit of the last month and a half’s trip…rather than coming back and feeling exhausted!

So how could it help you…and others around you…to give yourself a break?

What could you do faster, better, more effectively if you did?

…and how much better would you feel?

Stay Fabulous,

Claire x

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